NEW YORK – With the minor league seasons almost all in full swing, six former Columbia baseball players are suiting up for professional teams. See our first update on their whereabouts and stats and be sure to check back throughout the summer for more information.
Dario Pizzano (Seattle Mariners) is heating up in AAA with the Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League. In his last 10 games, he is hitting .333 with three homers, including an inside-the-park round tripper, and seven RBI.
David Speer (Cleveland Indians) has appeared in nine games for the AA Akron RubberDucks in the Eastern League. The left-hander has two saves and 15 strikeouts in 15.2 innings of work.
Jordan Serena (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) earned a promotion to the Inland Empire 66ers in the Advanced A California League on April 24 and has flourished in his new surroundings. He is hitting .324 with nine RBI and four extra base hits in 10 games. Serena started the season with the Burlington Bees in Iowa, where he spent his entire 2016 season.
Will Savage (Detroit Tigers) began the year with the West Michigan Whitecaps of the Midwest League, where he hit .215 with nine runs scored, four stolen bases and five RBI in 25 contests. Last week, he was reassigned to the Connecticut Tigers of the New York Penn League, where he played 47 games last season in his rookie campaign.
George Thanopoulos (Colorado Rockies) has been in extended spring training, gearing up for another season with the short-season A Boise Hawks. Last season, he went 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 18 appearances out of the bullpen in the Northwest League.
Robb Paller opened up his season in the Frontier League (Independent) going 2-for-2 with a double and RBI for the Lake Erie Crushers. Paller is in his second year with the organization after playing 31 games with the club in 2016.